By Mallika Chopra, Intent.com
In need of some inner peace and enhanced energy in your life? Yoga is a practice that brings together mental clarity, renewed energy, physical challenges, and also a sense of serenity.
There is no doubt that yoga helps with strength, flexibility, breathing, and endurance. But, traditionally, yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice.
Yoga poses are intrinsically powerful for their ability to open up your body's energy to a higher level. Next time you are feeling a bit stretched with too many things to do, try to take a few minutes to sink into a yoga pose for relaxation.
World-renowned yoga teacher, Tara Stiles, recommends the following poses for serenity (click on the name of yoga pose to learn more):
Here's a great video by Tara to help you unwind after a long, stressful day:
Meimei Fox, a yoga teacher and popular blogger, also recommends Childs Pose, Tree Pose and Sivasana to find some focus, peace and grounding. Of Tree Pose, she says, "It's a balancing pose, which requires finding some equanimity of mind, finding a gentle gazing point and letting your vision soften a bit. Then you feel your standing leg root into the earth, and your torso and perhaps even your arms reach up to the sky. Like a tree, you are rooted, grounded, but also reaching, striving to be your higher self."
Do you have a favorite yoga pose that brings you peace and serenity? Please share for some inspiration!
This Saturday, June 25th, I will be leading a group meditation - Seren-i-Tea in the Square - in San Francisco Union Square from 12:30pm - 2pm. Renowned yoga instructor Stephanie Snyder of Yoga Tree will be leading a group yoga session afterwards. Register for this free event here, and be a part of a big public movement for mindfulness and serenity to inspire the greater community the power of yoga and meditation.